Lay Member for the South & South East Hampshire Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Sub-Committee on Justices of the Peace.

Body: Hampshire and Isle of Wight Advisory Committee will make recommendations to the Lord Chancellor and Lord Chief Justice.
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sector: Judicial, Prison & Policing
Location: Portsmouth (meetings are usually held in Portsmouth and interviews in Havant)
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: Unremunerated though reasonable expenses will be re-imbursed
Time Requirements: The time commitment required can vary depending on the level of magistrate recruitment the committee is undertaking each year, but as a general guide this may involve approximately ten days of interviewing. In any event the Committee usually holds two meetings a year and members may also be required to attend training sessions from time to time. Meetings, interviews and training events are generally held within normal business hours Monday to Friday.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement


Vacancy Description

A volunteer is needed to sit as a lay member on the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Sub-Committee on Justices of the Peace for South & South East Hampshire. As a lay member of the committee you would be involved in interviewing and selecting prospective new magistrates and monitoring the number of court sittings undertaken by existing magistrates. (For further information please refer to “Applying to become a member of an advisory committee or sub-committee: notes for guidance”).

Person Specification

The qualities sought in members of Advisory Committees include: good interpersonal skills; good judgment of character and ability; the ability to articulate clear, well founded reason on the suitability or otherwise of candidates; awareness of their own personal prejudices and an ability to set them aside; discretion in handling confidential information; the ability to work as a team member; commitment, dedication and enthusiasm; and willingness to undergo training from time to time. Members also need to be able to participate in interviewing candidates for the magistracy and therefore experience of interviewing is an advantage, but not essential. Lay members of Advisory Committees bring a valuable external influence to the processes.

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